If you have a family and have a hefty amount of clothing to dry each week, you might be best buying a two-in-one retractable airer which has two lengths of line to provide double the amount of usable line space. Four line devices are also available.
This type of clothes line could be the one for you if you like the idea of a temporary accessory in your garden, rather than a permanent fixture rotary line. A retractable line is a compact alternative to a revolving airer
After use the line can be wound back in manually, unless you opt for a retractable device which has a nifty spring-loaded feature built into it which lets the line rewind back into the reel automatically.
A retractable device means you can remove your washing line out of sight altogether when not in use - so it's not a distracting obstacle to navigate in your back garden, yard or paved patio area.
Retractable lines are ideal for outdoor use but they can also be used in indoor locations such as a utility room, bathroom or laundry room. They can even be used in a garage or under a car port.
The outer reel casing on these lines is usually made of toughened plastic or metal and they are available in various colours including black, white, grey, silver, green, blue and brown. Popular brand names include Minky, Metaltex, Croydex, Addis, Bentley and Better Home.
Retractable lines offer many of the benefits associated with a rotary airer including giving you fresh-smelling wrinkle-free clothing. They are also eco-friendly and help slash electricity bills which are bumped up when using an electric tumble dryer.